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Dec 5, 2012 2:30pm PST
-- a professor in residence, and he is the author of a new text, "of africa." >> thank you very much. tavis: you were tired of this nonsense that africans are inferior in a variety of ways. are we beyond that? >> i think it is an exaggeration to say that is why i wrote it. and number of reasons. it was to express my astonishment. it was totally mine blowing. i just mention that as one of the in ciliary -- one of the ancillary. i find a lot of crises tend to generate from east to west and cristian and islam. and there are what i call the invisible religions. lessons to teach the world. tavis: how do this to stand in their version religions play themselves out? >> yes, a very good question. look at somalia. look at more tanya. -- and more tanya -- look at another country. we would have thought africa is immune. in many ways, african religions, the world views, the perceptions have managed. the extremism in parts of the world, costing billions of lives, literally, in is time to remind africans of some of the ways of managing and also to tell the world. if that happens in other parts of the world, i
Dec 30, 2012 9:45am EST
soyinka talks about the history of africa and the challenges facing the continent today. this is about an hour and 10 minutes. >> thank you very much, thank you. thank you, and good evening. i hope that you're not expecting a formal lecture. this will be a conversation. a few minutes ago i have understood some people were expecting a formal lecture. it doesn't matter, we will have a conversation. and i thought, well, like some introductory remarks about the book and begin by asking the question, which i post myself, why this book, ma "of africa," how did it come about? that is to say, why did i write this book. i didn't really write a. i just putting down a continued conversation, continuing discourse which i've engaged most of my life. but if you want examples of what's immediate instance of the kind of encounters that led inevitably to putting down notes on the subject matter of the book, tries quite a bit of french. let's just take the religious side. within the green room just now, i saw on the wall a poster, announcing i think the lecture by doctors, and the title is the greatest
Dec 2, 2012 5:00am PST
in south africa. >> south africa. >> he was only 23 years old when he went there. a whole lot of situations and circumstances, especially the discrimination going on against people of indian descent. >> when did he first feel a sense of that discrimination? was it in south africa or india. >> south africa. he was a different and very timid kind of a person. but circumstances lead him to become a ward for discrimination. this was his first week. he was traveling by train. he had the first class ticket to travel on that train. >> this in terms of time was back in the time of part tied. >> when part tied was going on. >> in what year? >> late 1800s. >> okay. so very strong racial division. >> it was very strong there. there were of course british colonies there and the people of dutch descent. they had their colony. they prevented people of any other races from traveling in the first class. but gandy had this ticket and he came from india and was shocked by the discrimination. he refused to move from the first class coach compartment, the train compartment. he was asked to move. he refused to
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm EST
of s. 215, the increasing american jobs through greater exports to africa act, legislation i've introduce in the senate with senators boozman, coons, cardin and landrieu, and that is being sponsored and led in the house of representatives by congressman chris smith and congresswoman karen bass. it's a straightforward, bipartisan bill that tackles a very serious problem, specifically making sure that american companies have the ability to compete in the growing african market, a market that economists call the next frontier, a market that is hungry for american goods and services. the african market is also one where others are competing. too often at the expense of american businesses and american employees, american products and american values. china, in ti ha particular, hasn aggressive strategy to help its companies invest in africa, leaving a trouble footprint across the continent of its environmental, and governance and values standards. the loss to american workers and american influence on the continent is enormous and inexcusable. that's why we introduced this bill,
Dec 16, 2012 7:00pm EST
by the feds." .. >> up next, wole soyinka talks about the history of africa and the challenges facing the continent today. this is about one hour and 10 minutes. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you, thank you. thank you and good evening. i hope that you are not expected a formal lecture. this is to be a conversation. a few minutes ago and i know that some people were expected a formal lecture, but it doesn't matter. we will have a conversation. let me make some introductory remarks about the books. and let me ask introductory question why this book, "of africa", why did it come it come about? why did i write it? >> i did not write it for anything but a continuing example of the discourse going on in africa. anyone who would like some immediate instances of the encounters that have been lived inevitably, anyone taking down notes on the subject matter of the book, which tries to cover a wide range. let's take the religious side. i saw on the wall imposter. the title was a lecture. it was the greatest show on earth. above that i saw the god delusion -- the god delusion. it is ve
Dec 21, 2012 8:00am PST
." that is the african national congress in south africa votes to support a boycott divestment and sanctions, we look at a new film "road map to apartheid." >> i have been able to visit israel and palestine on more than two occasions. and what i experienced there was such a cruel reminder of a at a painful to protest south africa. we were largely controlled in the same way. >> we will speak with the israeli and south african born co-director of the film, then reverend billy on the end of the world. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!,", the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. people across the united states are expected to join a moment of silence at 9:30 this morning to mark one week since the massacre at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. last friday morning, adam lanza opened fire at the school, killing 20 children and six adults. a series of back-to-back wakes and funerals are continuing for the victims. those mourned on thursday include catherine hubbard, benjamin wheeler, jesse lewis, and allison wyatt, all aged six, and grace mcdonnell
Dec 28, 2012 6:30am PST
spanish). >> in certain places in africa this instrumentality existed. >> (speaking spanish). >> and the percussionist will play with their hands and their feet. >> (speaking spanish). >> with the african slave trade he used to be in the ports. this type of boxes. >> (speaking spanish). >> so they were sit over these big boxes and play over them. >> (speaking spanish). >> but for the blacks these type of instruments were not allowed to be played because they were too loud and for the church they will provoke movement that was not appropriate. >> (speaking spanish). >> they could also work as a form of communication with the drumming patterns. >> (speaking spanish). >> this was what was going on in africa. >> (speaking spanish). >> and from some of the sounds they used to play that we almost lost all of them we still have some that he remembers. >> (speaking spanish). >> for instance -- >> (speaking spanish). >> this means "attention be alert. something is going to happen". >> (speaking spanish). >> wake up. wake up. >> wake up, wake up. (speaking spanish). >> and this ar
Dec 18, 2012 7:00am EST
for south africa. the unresolved allegations of corruption are as unsuitable as the leader. ♪ >> hello, welcome to "gmt." a violent setback of the rise against polio in pakistan. five health workers were killed following criticism of the vaccination program. seen but not heard, the queen sits in on a cabinet meeting at downing street, the first floor and i and 200 years to do so. it is midday in london, 7:00 in the morning in connecticut, 2:00 in the afternoon in south africa, where the president has survived a challenge from within the ruling african congress. he was reelected at a park -- at a party conference, making him the overwhelming favorite to win the nationwide general election next year. home and dry, plenty of people think that the allegations of mismanagement that followed him make him and unsuitable man to be presiding over the party that nelson mandela once led. our bluebird -- our editor, john simpson. >> the first world. clean, tidy, prosperous. even the bicycles are the top of the range. the black middle class in south africa is now 3 million strong. this place is whe
Dec 23, 2012 12:00am EST
up next nigerian nobel prize women journalists wole soyinka talks about history of africa and the challenges facing the continent today. this is about one hour and 10 minutes. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you. thank you and good evening. .. it was continuing conversation in which i have been engaged in most of my life. if you want examples. if you want immediate instances of the kind of encounters that led inevitably to putting down notes on the subject matter of the book, which tries to cover quite a bit of range. let's just take the religious side. with newly -- i saw on the wall a poster, titled -- announcing a lecture and the title is "the greatest show on earth." and above i saw, and the god illusion. now, very strange to think that in certain parts of the world today, for daring to put up such a poster, much less admitting to be in the author of such a book, the god dilution, -- delusion, you might be stoned to death or put to death for blasphemy. the second incident. i was speaking to a young lady, and she was telling me about her experience. she'd obvio
Nov 30, 2012 6:30pm PST
reduction in the amount of new cases in southern africa. >> education campaigns and easier access to medicines have paid off in the battle against hiv. the number of people newly infected with the virus has dropped by 70% in malawi, botswana, and namibia in the past decade. the hiv infection rate is also slowing worldwide. in 2001, 3.3 million people contracted hiv. by 2011, the number had dropped to 2.5 million. that is around 20% fewer infections. better and more effective drugs have also meant far fewer people are dying from aids. in 2005, the number stood at 2.2 million worldwide. that fell to 1.7 million in 2011, a 24% drop. >> the pace of progress is a quickening. what used to take a decade is now being achieved in just 24 months. an upbeat news from you and aids, though it warns that sub- saharan africa remains the region in the world worst hit by hiv. 34 million people are affected by hiv around the globe. 23 million live in sub-saharan africa. in some areas, hiv is a growing threat. in eastern europe, central asia and north africa, infection rates are going up since publi
Dec 3, 2012 8:30pm EST
commander of u.s. forces in africa said al al al qaeda's affiliate has established -- the situation is described as worrisome and says the u.s. agencies and international organizations are engaged in a process engaged in getting al qaeda out of the country. his remarks are 45 minutes. >> good morning. i would like to welcome everyone to george washington university. if i could ask everyone to please turn off their cell phones. as you can see, it's a crowded house. the purpose of this event, and all events, is to examine in some sort of depth the various national security challenges facing the united states, and in the case, not only the united states but also the african continent. when you look at the area of responsibility africom has, it's so-ing, in terms of complexity and geography. many of you are well aware, at least this informed audience, that counterterrorism is still an issue the united states needs to take seriously. i think for some, with respect to africa, came to light with the tragic events in ben georgia circumstance but as general ham well knows, this has been chal
Dec 18, 2012 4:00pm PST
. >> it could be the first world -- clean, tidy, prosperous. south africa's black middle class is now 3 million strong. this place is where the anc was founded a century ago. today, its leaders enjoy all the trappings of the area as they turn up for their conference. the anc remains remarkably relaxed, not even the discovery of a white extremist bomb plot has upset them. still, all is not well with the party. the president, jacob zuma, is being challenged by his deputy. president zuma himself has been strongly accused of corruption, raised here in his speech. >> we can stop corruption in its tracks. >> one anc figure believes the correction comes because the movement has attracted the wrong sort of people. >> it has become one of the means through which people feel that they can accumulate wealth and great -- create opportunities for themselves and their families. and that is to the detriment of the movement. >> it is 18 years since the historic district -- the agreement between nelson mandela and the anc and the de klerk regime. today, declerck speaks about mandela with affection and respect.
Dec 31, 2012 12:00am PST
't know we had this one on. this is a serval cat. this cat also is a cat that is from africa, and this cat also has front legs and hind legs are different lengths. one of the few cats that can catch a bird in free flight. you'll notice the spots on the back of his ears -- ouch. you see that? those are called eye spots. >> he wants to eat your hand. >> if this cat is sitting there eating something, a hyena thinks he's looking back, hence eye spots. >> how tame are these? by comparison to purely wild version? >> right now as far as tame, this animal won't become a tame animal. we raise these animals, then if their mothers don't raise them, then they go back into -- they're still wild animals. very famous trainer told me once you can usually train a wild animal, never tame a wild animal. ever. they are always going to be wild. no matter what anybody says. >> this is a vulture? >> egyptian vulture. >> oops, dropped the thing, come here, buddy. >> what are you feeding it, raw meat? you are actually feeding the vulture raw meat? >> yes. they eat raw meat. you smell him? >> yeah, stinks. >> what
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Dec 23, 2012 12:00am PST
. [ applause ] oklahoma senator jim inhofe has a special place in his heart for africa. mostly on humanitarian and faith-based causes it is there in the impoverished nation of ethiopia where one of the places was born and found abandoned in an alley and taken to the orphan age where she was nursed to health and senators dole and molly were looking to adopt a girl. i spoke to senator inhoffe and his daughter marie. i spoke to him about the stoir store. you worked for africa and worked for causes there . something special happened. your daughter molly who i have known many years and knew her before i knew you. she and her husband jimmy were thinking about adopt might be interested in adopting a child from africa. how did you react when you heard that news. >> i was excited about it you know that our i spent 15 or 20 years in africa and a mission thing up until 9/11 and we have brothers and sisters that we are close and intimate all the way through subsahara africa. this was my first experience and what is interesting i became so interested in the difficult time that we had in getting this job wi
Dec 26, 2012 9:00pm PST
is a cat that -- this cat is also a cat that is from africa. this cat also has the front and hind legs that are different lengths. it can catch a bird in free flight. notice the spots on the back of the ears, ow, those are ice spots see the spots. >> this one wants to eat your hand. >> this cat is eating something, a hyena comes up they think they are looking backwards. >> how tame are they compared to a wild version? >> right now as far as tame this animal won't be a tame animal. we have raised the animals. a lot of times the mother won't raise them and we raise them and they go back -- they are still a wild animal. i had a famous trainer tell me you can usually train a wild animal but never tame a wild animal. they are always wild. no matter what anyone says. >> what is this, a vulture. >> an jips vulture. >> what are you feeding? >> raw meat. >> you are feeding them raw meat. >> yes. >> they actually eat raw meat. >> can you smell that? >> yeah, stinks. >> what he does is defecates on his legs to keep himself cool. >> too much information. i was liking the vulture until you told me
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Dec 1, 2012 1:00am PST
? it is africa. the route is from south america to africa, to europe. where is the new al qaeda organizations? where are they budding? where are they really being troublesome? witness benghazi, northern and western africa. that's where we fear al qaeda is taking root. what is the biggest fear? biggest fear is al qaeda northern africa and western after africa will become drug dealers. part of that cocaine movie in south america to europe getting the proceeds and thereby funding their terrorist activity. jump cut to this case involving these three men from maly. operating in maly and ghana. our d.n.a. informant contacts one of the local thugs who is said to have some association with al qaeda and says hey, guy, i have got a coke deal. i have got to get cocaine, tons of cocaine from south america here to maly and guana and south africa and up to europe. you al qaeda help me. you al qaeda will become part of my drug empire. >> operation. >> so what happens is the guy was not an actual drug dealer. he was a sting, a dia operator. the main contact point the guy thought to have some communication wi
Dec 19, 2012 5:30am PST
for some students in south africa. why quality education is still an issue years after the end of apartheid. >> it certainly has been very wet for some of us and the southeastern part of europe. using a massive cloud spinning around, giving us the very heavy downpours. further north, generally fine and subtle but it does mean this time of year it is also incredibly cold. don't adjust your sets -- this is the snow blowing through. a blizzard. we are seeing very cold conditions across many parts of russia down through to the ukraine and poland as well. snow and ice is already on the ground and causing quite a few problems with the driving as well. for many of us in the eastern parts of europe, it will stay very cold but the system over the southeastern parts will be spinning around and also giving heavy showers across parts of libya down through egypt as well. for the western parts of northern africa, mostly fine and subtle. not a great deal of problems with the weather. to the east, some of the showers could turn out rather strong. but whether it can also be making its way further to the eas
Dec 30, 2012 5:30am PST
in africa. plus, despite years of hard study, many south korean graduates have trouble finding a job. we will talk to one whose year is ending better than it began. that is all coming up. clucks across central africa, most of the heavy showers will be at or south of the equator. you'll be seeing some fairly clear whether over the next day with temperatures at about 31 degrees. 32 degrees for you. across northern africa, we have a disturbed area of low pressure across the central bend. what this means is four parts of libya, you will see some coastal showers as we head towards monday. for tripoli and toward the benghazi. cairo, a high of 21. in the u.k., quite a bit of flooding as the system has pushed persons thursday. unfortunately, this is what it looks like on the ground. a lot of the areas here are flooded and the water levels are quite high. we have warnings in effect across the area. look at the forecast. as you can see, another system coming out of the atlantic so we will start with the lighter showers. by the target to tuesday, showers will increase. where the rest of europe, we'
Dec 7, 2012 4:30am PST
of the instruments that werwere performed by the africas in p purrue and the different groups and they spoke different languages so it was very hard for them to communicate. >> (speaking spanish). >> so the communication will be done by sign. >> (speaking spanish). >> they didn't talk but they could communicate each other. >> (speaking spanish). >> and the form of communication and many of the movements were -- they were used in the dances that we have today. >> (speaking spanish). >> this movement -- >> span spanish. >> are >> >> (speaking spanish). >> are here and it means soul. >> (speaking spanish). >> and when we go to move our bodies -- >> (speaking spanish). >> they mean the essence. >> (speaking spanish). >> when they go to work the earth -- >> (speaking spanish). >> is the contact with our mother nature. >>nature -- >> (speaking spanish). >> that will live us food, take care of us and receive us before we die. >> (speaking spanish). >> we also have this and movement of work. >> (speaking spanish). >> or conversation. >> (speaking spanish). >> which is the key to receive love. >>
Dec 20, 2012 11:00pm EST
in africa who made security related requests, minor like securing ground level residents in an apartment building that couldn't get done until the united states senator asked for itment i think the state department needs to look at the process internally to see to it there's a flow to the top of important security request comes from embassies. that's a statement on my party. my question is, secretary nides, you made the statement, and i read the following, may need your help in having your authority to streamline the usual processes and produce faster results, related to security. what process is inhibiting faster results in terms of security in our embassy? >> broadly speaking. as you know, every time we put a contract out, there's a bidding process that needs to be taking place. nothing is done quickly as i'm learning quickly, and, again for the second time, and it's done rightly; right? the people's bids put out, contracts awards, and there's a process. that process, unfortunately, takes time. there's oversight to be done, contracts are rewarded and challenged, and so we may need to a
Dec 11, 2012 12:00am PST
. going to africa and compete with the chinese. i can go to russia and say i can manage the risk-reward equation. so that's where a lot of new consumers are and i would say that is a core competency of a multibusiness big company like g.e. so i'd say it's more than those two but those two are important. >> rose: you once said to me tell me what the global economy will look like and the domestic economy will look like and i can can tell you what g.e. will do. >> uh-huh. >> rose: look ahead to the global economy today and tell me how you see it, where it's going and pra what are the prospects for growth? >> i think the world always revolves around a couple fundamentals. one is where are the people? demographics rule. at times when the u.s. grew the fastest was times when the population was also growing the fastest. so the fact there that there's a billion new consumers joining the middle-class in the next five or ten years, you bet be with them. the second is the cost of materials so basically in in the '90s oil was $15 a barrel for a decade. now it's $80 or $100 or $120. there's a
Dec 5, 2012 6:00pm EST
to 270. what about the seychelles? as an island nation off the coast of africa, how are you affected by climate change? >> our economy is mainly based on tourism. incidently, mainly from europe. there have been changes in the patterns of the fish, so our whole economy is now at risk. if it continues like this, the seychelles, the sea level rise will not be our biggest problem but we will become a failed state. >> you are in the indian ocean. place yourself geographically with other islands off the coast of africa that you are near. >> we are in the group of 115 islands east of kenya, north of madagascar. we cover a huge area of the southwestern indian ocean. we're at the full mercy of what happens in the ocean. we are ocean people. anything that affects oceans, whether through increased temperatures, acidification, which is a bigger threat to khor reece that morning temperatures. >> what happened with acidification? why is that a result of climate change? >> we are reaching the limits of carbon dioxide and water can take out of the air. we have abused the oceans as we have abused the
Dec 27, 2012 12:00am PST
? >> they are amazing. this is the cirvil cat. this cat is a cat that is from africa. and this cat also has the front in the world, they can eat up to 30 or 40 pounds in one sitting. i can tell you that, they may be small, but they are quite big. in egypt in the towns. >> it looks like a sphynx. >> it looks like a sphynx. >> he is biting your arm. >> you saw how big the tigers were. >> look at the ears. you see why the pharoas. >> they represent royalty. what is unique about this cat. they can jump ten feet in the air. they blend so well in the grass. they lay down and watch for a bird. >> they can grab the bird. look at those ears. that is what kind of gives them away. what is next. what are these? >> they are amazing. this is the cirvil cat. this cat is a cat that is from africa. and this cat also has the front and behind legs with different legs. swroo if you look at the back of the ears, you will notice the spots on the back of the ears. those are called eye spots. >> he wants to eat your hand. they think he is looking backwards. >> how tame are they? >> this animal won't become a tame animal. a
Dec 22, 2012 10:00am EST
which furthered stability in central africa and within the drc in particular. although the administration is no longer pursuing this particular effort perhaps there are other similar opportunities given how the situation has negatively evolved in the drc. moreover it seems the u.s. could pursue deeper diplomatic engagement with regional partners and our allies to leverage their knowledge, expertise, and resources to address this issue. indeed the world remains a complex and dangerous place. we cannot neglect to consider the linkages between instability in central africa and the global terrorist threat. but from afghanistan, to syria to iran to north carolina we also must recognize -- north korea we also must recognize the regimes that threaten the united states and allies. therefore we must ensure our military is sufficiently resourced and that our national leaders priretize our resources towards efforts that are appropriate for the u.s. military and our national vite al security interests. i look forward to learning more toobt situation on the ground as well as what th
Dec 26, 2012 5:00pm EST
and humanitarian situation of the drc is the most volatile and pilots in africa today. an estimated 5 million people have lost their lives since 1998 and millions more have been uprooted in its place. the current crisis is simply the latest iteration. the rapid fall of goma last month to the condoleezza rebel group known as the m23 provided a stark reminder -- to the condoleezza rebel group. -- congolese rebel group. at the highest levels of united states government, we are committed to helping the drc and its neighbors in this cycle of violence and instability so we do not find ourselves back -- so that we do not find ourselves in another three years with another crisis in the vrsc. the secretary clinton, ambassador riesch, undersecretary for political affairs and ambassador windy sherman high and -- and i have all met with an spoken with the rwandan and rwanda and officials in the past few weeks for a rapid and peaceful resolution to the crisis. i have travelled to the region just last month with my british and french counterparts to press the condoleezza, rwanda in, and ugandan governments
Dec 26, 2012 12:45am EST
it suddenly with a transforming effect in the middle east and sub-saharan africa that the world would not open, it would be open for democracy. democracy would come in all those places but it would be a long time who and certain stories hit. this was the genesis for the book. i saw how the u.s. military particularly the air force defeated geography in the balkans. it turns out the army did well despite of, and the successful conclusion to the war in bosnia and kosovo were a factor in allowing nato to expand to the black sea although nobody really wrote to that. and what is really the success of the balkans and a panel and we were bloodied to bits in somalia that made people think we can do anything. and that's when geography got its revenge in the mountains and the desert sahara and afghanistan because the transformative moment for me i was embedded with the first battalion of the marine. en and coo eight in march of 2004 we were making an overland journey with several hundred miles to fallujah and it wasn't yet on the news, the battle of fallujah was still a month away, the first battle of fa
Dec 29, 2012 8:15pm EST
is dylan is a gifted songwriter and musician. as her work in africa may suggest she has also been an extensive traveler, works in africa, africa, south and east asia, europe and of course the middle east. by far the largest part of her work has been as an author, both acknowledged and if i may put it this way is a quiet partner. she has in either way more than 60 books to her credit and a number of genres, poetry, fiction, both adult and children's and a book of an adult romantic chirla g. if i remember craig -- correctly and tales of the king. a lot of her work has been nonfiction and that too has covered a variety of subjects. some of her nonfiction has dealt with the issue of single motherhood. but a good deal is still somehow or other with the issue of religion and the life of politics and social life. this is including the book, difficulty journalists frequently have and probably understanding religion as a motive in offense. is called blind spot, done together with her birder amundsen and my colleague who is here today, coal martial. it was published and won several litera
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Dec 23, 2012 5:00pm PST
[applause] >> oklahoma senator jim inhofe has a special place in his heart to africa and made humanitarian and it faith-based causes and there in ethiopia, one of the people who have a very special place in his heart was born, he was bound abandoned in an alley as a newborn and taken to an orphanage and nursed to health and the same time his daughter molly and her husband were looking and they adopted. i spoke to him about the heart warming story. >> you for a number of years worked for africa and causes there and then something very special happened. your daughter molly, who i've known for many years, in fact, new her before i knew you, she and her husband jimmy said they were thinking about adopting and might be in interested in adopting a child from africa. how did you react when you first heard that news? >> i was very excited about it, mike. you know this and our audience doesn't, i spent 15, 20 years in africa more of a mission thing up until 9-11. so we have brothers and sisters whom we're close and intimate alt way through submarine is sub sahara africa. and i became so interested
Dec 6, 2012 3:00pm PST
problems-- brazil-- that they've brought under control. not so in africa. eradication efforts are erratic. yellow fever is another mosquito-transmitted virus that the french encountered when they occupied west africa. so the way the french dealt with this was to conduct an ongoing every-four-year campaign to vaccinate every person in every country they occupied. they had groups of doctors and nurses--that's all they did. they just went from village to village on this four year cycle. that way, the most that could happen is you'd have a group of susceptible children, but it would never get very big before you'd be through vaccinating the next time around. that way, they kept yellow fever under control. now, when those countries became independent, there wasn't money for those programs. and i got introduced to yellow fever in africa because, in 1965... some seven or eight years after senegal got its independence, there was a big epidemic of yellow fever, and it was all in children under 10 years of age, because they hadn't been vaccinated. when we started off at cdc, a lot of emphasis was o
Dec 26, 2012 3:00am EST
reaction to if, and at some point she even traveled to africa with the children to see the places where the slaves were housed or africans when they were imprisoned warehouse before they were taken in the middle passage and across the sea to the americas. it was very interesting that she was curious to follow her roots all the way to africa as well. your book has been received positively by a lot of people. harvard professor henry louis gates said that the book gives us an idea, a real true idea of our interconnectedness of all americans, the interconnectedness of all americans and we would have to agree with that. talk to us a little bit about that interconnectedness that you found as you were writing the story? >> the book is called "american tapestry" because really, her family reflects the enormous tapestry we live as americans in all of our families. she is our first african-american first lady who has white ancestry, african ancestry, hints of native american ancestry. we often think of this modern contemporary time we live in as an unprecedented period of immigration, interracial
Dec 7, 2012 2:30pm PST
the country's reputation as a beacon of stability and democracy in africa. >> the election will reveal how popular the incumbent is after he took over from the late president who died in july. opinion polls predict a tight race. the winner will oversee the current oil boom, one of africa's fastest-growing economies. soccer fans are no doubt eagerly awaiting the next european football championship in 2016. hundreds of thousands of fans will flock to get a firsthand look at the action. >> in the year 2020, that will not be so easy. that is because european soccer's governing body has decided that the games will take place in cities across the continent. >> they say the decision to split the play across europe is to celebrate the competition's 60th anniversary. >> european football fans can look forward to a party that spans the continent. the idea came from and 1980's football legend. he first proposed a multi-city championship at the end of euro 2012. now, the body's executive board has agreed. >> the main point is we need to give more cities, more countries the possibility to host a celebr
Dec 21, 2012 5:30am PST
peninsula, 15 degrees expected in madrid. further east, this extends through north africa, so for both tripoli and benghazi, it will be cloudy, the chance of some showers. 19 degrees in cairo as a maximum. along the coast, for the west, whitely dryer -- likely dryer. solutions for america, friday, 7:00 p.m. eastern, 4:00 p.m. pacific. >> hello again. top stories on al jazeera, at least 30 people have been killed in southeastern kenya. the deaths in the delta region have been blamed on fighting between the orma and pokomo tribes. the first round of the draft for the egyptian constitution is planned for friday. u.s. president barack obama says he will work with congress to avert spending cuts and tax hikes in the new year. where republicans budget bill to avert the -- a republican budget bill to avert hit the fiscal cliff was killed in the house. 20 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in sri lanka. 14 people are missing. tens of thousands of people have been affected. more now from miguel fernandez. >> the worst destruction seen in the center province of sri lanka. beh
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africa pose a former leader nelson mandela has been discharged from hospital. these are the latest pictures. the 94-year-old was in the hospital almost three weeks from a lung infection but will continue treatment and home. now this reports from johannesburg. >> the news that former president nelson mandela has been discharged from hospital will be very welcome news in south africa, where he is adored by millions of people. beloved by millions more people around the world as a global icahn, the country's first black president, a man who sacrificed much in his life, spending 27 years in prison, much of it on robin island, for his part in trying to bring about an end to the apartheid government here. >> former u.s. president george h. w. bush is in hospital intensive care. the 88-year-old has a fever. his spokesman says that he is still alert and talking to his doctors but he has been battling bronchitis' more than a month. president obama has cut short his christmas holiday and is on his way back to washington for the fiscal cliff talks. without a deal, budget cuts and tax rises wil
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